Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 51 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; an Ambulatory Surgery Center with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. In fiscal year 2018, Duke University Hospital admitted 42,916 patients and had 1,085,740 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2017.
U.S News & World Report named Duke University Hospital #1 in North Carolina and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham area in 2018-19.
Duke University Hospital is ranked in the top 20 nationally for seven adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.
In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.
General Description of the Job Class
Perform a variety of technical activities associated with the performance of Sonography procedures within the Ambulatory Radiology Division. This position will be located at an off-campus site in Durham County.
This position must support the Ambulatory Radiology Division and perform other duties as assigned and supported by scope of practice. Perform other related duties incidental to the work therein.
Minimum 3 years' experience required.
Duties and Responsibilities of this Level
Perform complex tasks associated with the operation of sonography equipment and related equipment to produce specialized images of specific body regions.
Demonstrate proficiency in performing sonogram imaging assessment and diagnostic procedures per established protocols, policy, and patient safety standards and does not require assistance from fellow technologists.
Uses cognitive sonographic skills to identify, record, and adapt procedures as appropriate to anatomical, pathological, diagnostic information and images.
Uses independent judgment during the sonographic exam to accurately differentiate between normal and pathologic findings.
Analyzes sonograms, synthesizes sonographic information and medical history, and communicates findings to the Radiologist.
Maintain adequate supplies; allowing for lead time when placing orders.
Ensure customer satisfaction and appropriateness of care for all assigned patients. Thoroughly explains the procedures to patients and allows time for questions and addresses concerns in a professional and kind manner.
Assume responsibility for the safety, mental and physical comfort of patients while they are in the sonographer's care.
Communicate effectively with the patient and the health care team, recognizing the special nature of sonographic examinations and patient's needs.
Perform as a self-starter and takes the initiative to proactively address situations before they arise or escalate.
Demonstrate the ability to multi-task as needed and communicate in a positive and efficient matter.
Perform the quality control functions related to sonography and notify appropriate personnel when issues arise and maintenance is required. Continually evaluate images for diagnostic quality.
Ensure safety is a top priority. Addresses safety concerns immediately and proactively works to identify and mitigate safety risks within the working environment.
Maintains safe practices and follows protocols for probe disinfecting techniques.
Ensure regulatory guidelines are adhered to and maintain appropriate records.
Understand and use the Image Archival System
Complete exam tracking/billing and charge reconciliation accurately on a daily basis and is able to modify orders per protocol.
Provide orientation and training to new technologists.
Assist with the daily operations of the Ultrasound Department across the Ambulatory Platform.
Schedule patients for procedures; assist with clerical functions.
Establish and maintain productive ethical working relationships with coworkers, referring providers and commercial agencies.
Coordinate with other staff to assure appropriate patient care is provided.
**DUHS offers career growth and enrichment within Radiology Services. There is a clinical ladder program with various steps and opportunities within the health system.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Graduate of a formal Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is required (may substitute with ARDMS certification on or before December 31, 2000)
Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is desirable.
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification:
Current compliance with Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements for specialty (ies) as appropriate.
Must obtain ARDMS certifications in the following (Abdomen, OB/GYN, Vascular) as required by each entity within 18 months of employment.
Minimum of two years' experience as a Sonographer.
A minimum of four years' experience within specialty modality in which they are seeking promotion
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